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The Five Year Project | A TED Talk A Day Keeps The Doctor Away

A TED Talk A Day Keeps The Doctor Away

In Southern China, during the monsoon season, it is common place to stay inside and watch a lot of movies and T.V.

Watching T.V. and movies are an essential part to learning new cultures. Local Chinese movies have taught me how to speak like the people do.

Having said that, I’ve also wasted a lot of time watching movies I’ve seen, watching entire T.V. series in a couple weeks, or watching movies that I am not genuinely interested in.

Recently, I have decided to switch my daily media intake.

I have decided that watching and listening to programs that offer more value will give much more substance to my life.

One platform that provides more substance than any is TED (Technology, Entertainment, & Design).

TED Talks have been around since 1984, but, since 2006 they have been offered on-line for free viewing.

The world’s brightest minds put themselves in front of the camera and give ‘TED Talks’ can be defined as:

Ideas worth spreading


Riveting talks by remarkable people, free to the world.

Instead of putting myself in a position to consume insane amounts of inane entertainment I have decided to instead watch one TED talk per day.

The difference in my life has astounded me.

After each 15 minute TED Talk:


  • I find myself energized to take on any task at hand.
  • I find myself armed with more knowledge and the confidence to battle each and every day’s little wars.
  • I find myself ready for anything.


I challenge you to do the same. Quit wasting time with worthless and bogus diversions used only to pass time and get out and learn something!

You will never regret it.

To start I would recommend watching one of the ’20 Best Ted Talks Ever Given’ each day.

For young entrepreneurs, or for that matter, anyone under the age of 30, I highly recommend Meg Jay’s ‘Why 30 Is Not The New 20’

found here. It will change the way you look at life.


Let TED talks inspire you. Take the challenge. Do it once a day for a month and see what happens.


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